The Side Musician

with Kat Wallace

Thursday, March 14, 2024


The Side Musician

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • In-Person Classes
  • Instrumental
  • Old Time
  • Pop
  • Roots
  • Singer/Songwriter


What does it mean to be a side-musician? Whether you can switch chords comfortably, run up and down any scale with ease, or have been playing with other musicians for years, being a complementing side musician takes far more than skill. Come join Kat Wallace and learn how to support the song and lead singer with taste and technique. You’ll develop your skills and ideas for fills, solos, and chord voicings for a variety of songs by Bob Dylan, John Prine, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and Dolly Parton. This class will be process oriented learning. You’ll play songs together as a group and Kat will introduce techniques, scales, and picking patterns to ornament and support the song. Kat’s had years of touring and sidemanning experience with local bands such as Rachel Sumner  and Traveling Light, she’s become a trusted and reliable player for last minute gig calls  in addition to writing and singing lead on her own tunes and songs. She looks forward to sharing these experiences and knowledge with you all this winter!

All instruments are welcome, and intermediate to advanced skill is recommended.

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.  

Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older;  Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 1 hour before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.


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Kat Wallace

Kat Wallace is an accomplished Boston based fiddle player, singer and violin instructor. After receiving a degree in Violin Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music in 2016, Kat crossed over from classical to alternative string styles with ease, connecting her with masters of the fiddle. She’s directed a fiddle group in her home state of Connecticut as part of the famed Fire in the Kitchen Concert Series and Workshops, leading to opportunities to trade tunes with Darol Anger, Hanneke Cassel, Jeremy Kittel, Mike Block and others of their legacy. During her graduate studies at New England Conservatory she became a founding member and arranger of the Askia Quartet, where her skills in writing and arranging for string quartet flourished.

Her affinity for original music has her working and recording with a myriad of successful bands ranging in genre from Country and Bluegrass to Celtic and Folk. She is currently in the process of writing and recording a solo record of original folk songs on tenor guitar, set to be released in the summer of 2024. Wallace is also touring the debut self titled record Rachel Sumner and Traveling Light with 2021 Lennon Award Winner, Rachel Sumner, and has two other critically acclaimed LP’s recorded with multi-instrumentalist, David Sasso released in 2021 and 2019 respectively. When she’s not on the road, Kat frequents the legendary Irish pubs of Boston, calling tunes and songs with the city’s finest Celtic players.

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